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Reference for History


Medieval/Renaissance History

This is a brief guide to material at BC providing reference (dictionaries, encyclopedia, biographies, bibliographies, indices, and more) on historical topics.

Reference Shelf

This page provides access points to BC's subscriptions to reference material on Medieval, Renaissance, and Premodern European History. Here, you can find resources for finding definitions (e.g., dictionaries); suggested scholarly material (e.g., bibliographies); as well as background material and explanations written by experts in their fields (e.g., encyclopedia and handbooks). 

What's on This Page

This page has a lot on it. You can use the following anchors (links down the page) to jump straight to a relevant box.

    Find Definitions

    Individual Titles



    French, Italian, and Spanish

    Art & Literature

    Find Background Biographical Information

    Find Background Information

    Individual Titles

    Handbooks and Companions

    Individual Handbooks and Companions Titles

    For Additional Help

    For additional recommendations, contact your History Liaison, Erin, at or schedule an appointment.